May Issue of Superintendent Update Now Available

The latest issue of the Superintendent Update is now online. This issue provides a recap of the recently held Superintendent Call and provides information the publication of proposed criteria for next Race to the Top district-level competition.

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5/23-5/24 Safe & Supportive Schools Webinar Event: “Implementing New Programs—The Impact of Current Practice”

The Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center (SSSTA), supported by the Office of Safe and Healthy Students in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, announces its next Implementation Webinar Series event, “Implementing New Programs—The Impact of Current Practice.” It will be offered twice to accommodate schedules:

  • Session 1: Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 4:00 pm − 5:30 pm Eastern Time
  • Session 2: Thursday, May 24, 2012, 11:00 am − 12:30 pm Eastern Time

When schools assess the programs and practices they have in place to improve school climate, new programmatic efforts are sometimes implemented to address a school’s needs and strengths. The selection of new programs can be well intended and positively influenced by data collection, current practice and organizational realities. However, current practices and organizational realities can also impede the implementation process. Dr. Sara Truebridge, education consultant and researcher with an expertise in resilience and educational reform, will explore the “delicate dance” that can be required when new programs are inserted into existing organizational realities. It also will feature related work by Wisconsin’s Safe and Supportive Schools grant program.

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Upcoming Event: Education Stakeholders Forum on School Turnarounds and the School Improvement Grant (SIG) on Thursday, April 26

Please join us for the next Education Stakeholders Forum, which will focus on the progress of the School Improvement Grant as grantees work to turn around low-performing schools across the country.

The forum will feature educators and practitioners including:

  • Ann Chafin, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Student, Family, and School Support, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Kelvin Adams, Superintendent, St. Louis Public Schools
  • Michael Haggen, Associate Superintendent, Office of Innovation, St. Louis Public Schools
  • Roy Sandoval, Principal, Alchesay High School, Whiteriver Unified District, Arizona

ED’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Michael Yudin and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and School Turnaround Jason Snyder will also share their take on the program’s national impact.

DATE & TIME: Thursday, April 26, 2012, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

LOCATION: ED’s Barnard Auditorium in the LBJ Building, 400 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC, 20202

RSVP: To ensure building access, please RSVP with your name, organization, and title to EDStakeHolder@ed.gov no later than COB Tuesday, April 24th.

In addition, for those who are not in the DC area, this forum will be available on our USTREAM channel for live viewing on the 26th. ED’s USTREAM link is http://www.ustream.tv/channel/education-department.

Announcing the Relaunch of Stop Bullying website

stopbullying.gov  unveiled a revitalized Stop Bullying website – www.stopbullying.gov – on March 30, 2012 to encourage children, parents, educators, and communities to take action to stop and prevent bullying.

The website provides a map with detailed information on state laws and policies, interactive webisodes and videos for young people, practical strategies for schools and communities to ensure safe environments, and suggestions on how parents can talk about this sensitive subject with their children. The site also explores the dangers of cyberbullying and steps youngsters and parents can take to fight it.

“We’ve come a long way in the past year in educating the public about the health and educational impacts that bullying can have on students. But simply being aware of the problem is not enough,” said Secretary Duncan. “Everyone has a role to play, and StopBullying.gov features ways we can all take action against bullying.”

Research shows that bullying is physical and emotional abuse. Students who are bullied are more likely to struggle in school and skip class. They are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, be depressed, and are at higher risk of suicide.  There is a Get Help page, which is directly linked to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which means young people can get immediate help for themselves or others if needed.

The enhanced site responds to feedback from the March 2011 White House Conference on Bullying Prevention and the September 2011 Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit that awareness alone will not prevent bullying. The site now gives concrete steps that students, parents, educators and community members can take to prevent and stop bullying.

“Bullying is not just an education or health problem, it is a community problem,” said Secretary Sebelius. “We are committed to working together at the federal level to help communities, schools and families address it as a single problem.”

Follow StopBullying.Gov on Twitter or Facebook for more information on how to take action to stop bullying.

Source: U.S. Department of Education & U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

New Issue of Superintendent Update Now Available

The latest issue of OESE’s Superintendent Update is now available! The issue includes the latest on ESEA flexibility, information on recent guidance and studies put out by ED, and some resources for rural educators and administrators.

If you are a district superintendent or staff member, please be sure to sign up to receive these updates and invitations to regular conference calls with ED. Please visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USED/subscriber/new?topic_id=USED_13 to subscribe.

National Meeting on Improving Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care

On November 3-4, 2011, the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education within the U.S. Department of Education and the Children’s Bureau of the Administration for Children, Youth and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will host a national meeting, Child Welfare, Education and the Courts: A Collaboration to Strengthen Educational Successes of Children and Youth in Foster Care. 

The purpose of the meeting is to bring together State teams representing education and child welfare agencies, along with the judicial branch to discuss how best to promote educational stability and improve educational outcomes for children in foster care. Participating State teams are charged with creating a plan for cross-system collaboration to be implemented following the conference.

This meeting will assist in a more comprehensive and meaningful implementation of The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-351). The law requires that State child welfare agencies include actions in case plans that will increase educational stability for children in foster care. In particular, the law specifically requires that child welfare agencies coordinate efforts with education agencies to keep children enrolled in their current school while in foster care, thereby keeping them connected with family, teachers and friends while continuing their progression through school.

For more information on the meeting and the Fostering Connections Act, please see below:

 

Version 2.0 of ED Data Express Now Live!

The Department is excited to announce the launch of version 2.0 of ED Data Express, an interactive Web site aimed at making accurate and timely K-12 education data available to the public.

The new version provides the public with more dynamic tools interact with the data such as –

  • A mapping feature that allows users to view the data displayed on a map of the United States;
  • A trend line tool, which displays a data element graphed across multiple school years;
  • A conditional analysis tool, which allows users to view one data element based on conditions set by another data element.

In addition, the site has improved documentation and added the ability to share information from the site using social networking tools, such as Facebook or Twitter. To view or explore the upgraded ED Data Express Web site, visit www.eddataexpress.ed.gov.

Summer 2011 Issue of the School Turnaround Newsletter

The Summer 2011 issue of the School Turnaround Newsletter is now available! The newsletter is a resource for states, districts, and schools who are undergoing school turnaround under the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. This issue highlights NEA’s work with SIG schools under the Priority Schools Campaign, provides an example of a successful state monitoring system, and features an interview with a principal on implementing extended learning time. Past issues of the newsletter can be found here.

Summer Seminars at Six: An Introduction to Education Policy

I’m pleased to invite you to a series of summer seminars hosted by the Department of Education called “Summer Seminars at Six: An Introduction to Education Policy.”

The seminars are designed to share information about education policy that will help teachers to be engaged and participate in policy discussions at the federal, state and district level. Led by teachers working at the Department, along with other staff, there will be opportunities for questions and discussion both in person and online.

Dates:  Every other Thursday:  July14, July 28, August 11 and August 25.
Time: 6:00 PM ET-7:00 PM ET
Location: U.S. Department of Education’s LBJ Building (400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20202) and online through U-Stream.

  • An ED 101 Primer, Thursday, July 14. Questions to be answered include:
    • What is the mission or purpose of the U.S. Department of Education?
    • How is education funded in the United States?
    • What is the organizational structure of ED, and where can I go for help with my issue?
    • What is Title I and how does it work?
  • Who’s on First? State and Federal Roles and Responsibilities for Education, Thursday, July 28. Questions to be answered include:
    • What are the states’ and the federal government’s responsibilities for education?
    • What is the Common Core?
    • What are the primary ED funding streams and competitive programs?
    • What is Race to the Top and how does it support teachers and students?
  • Fixing What’s Broken in No Child Left Behind, Thursday, August, 11. Questions to be answered include:
    • The Elementary and Secondary Education Act and No Child Left Behind—same or different?
    • What problems are teachers, schools, and states having with NCLB?
    • In their Blueprint for Reform, what do President Obama and Secretary Duncan propose to do to fix what is not working in NCLB?
    • What does the Blueprint propose with regard to testing?
    • What is the federal School Improvement Grant program for low-performing schools and how might it affect my school or state?
  • Leading Their Profession: Teachers and Education Policy, Thursday, August 25. Questions to be answered include:
    • What are ED’s proposals for strengthening teaching and supporting teachers?
    • What does the Blueprint say about teacher evaluations?
    • What can teachers do to get involved in educational issues both at the national level and in their state or district?
    • What are the Teacher Incentive Fund and Title II?

Register to attend the Summer Seminars at the U.S. Department of Education or to view the Summer Seminars online through U-Stream.